As company incorporation agents our experience with the Registry of Corporate Affairs in the BVI means we can obtain company reports, certified copies of official documents held by the registry on any registered company. A certified document is where the Registry of Corporate Affairs stamps the document to verify its authenticity.
The certified company documents from the BVI Registry can be Apostilled, which means they are signed and stamped by the BVI Registrar General to confirm the authenticity of the signature and registry stamp.
The Registry of Corporate Affairs is responsible for ensuring that companies doing business in and from within the territory are registered.
The BVI Companies Act 2004 requires the Registrar of Corporate Affairs to maintain the following:
Company Incorporations and post incorporation filings are made electronically, which leads to fast, efficient and accurate turnaround of documents by the Registry of Corporate Affairs.
We can obtain company information and documents on companies formed in the British Virgin Islands from the Registry of Corporate Affairs.
The names of Directors and Shareholders do not appear on public record. Filed at the Companies Registry are the incorporation documents, which include details of the Registered Office and Registered Agent - new companies in the BVI have to disclose their business activities. The BVI Business Companies Act has been amended to introduce a requirement for all British Virgin Islands companies to file a copy of their register of directors with the Registrar of Corporate Affairs, this can made made available or selected to be kept private.
An IBC company is not required to file accounts with the Registrar of Corporate Affairs. The documents which are filed and available for public inspection are the Memorandum and Articles of Association and the Certificate of Incorporation.
We can conduct searches at the BVI Registry of Corporate Affairs on any BVI registered company.
The contents of a BVI company search report include:
The search report will be ordered from the BVI Registry of Corporate Affairs and delivered by email in 2 - 4 days.
We can provide an Express BVI company search report if your request is urgent.
We can provide Notarised and Apostilled Company Search Extract, the search extract is the latest details on the target company filed at the Registrar of Corporate Affairs.
We can supply a Certificate of Good Standing from the Registrar of Corporate Affairs certifying the BVI company is on the Registrar of Companies, has paid all annual fees and penalties due, has not voluntarily liquidated and proceedings to Strike off the Company from the Register of Companies has not been instituted.
The Certificate of Good Standing is a document issued by the Registrar of Corporate Affairs of the BVI and the document certifies in pursuant of the BVI Business Companies Act 2004.
The Certificate of Good Standing includes the company name and company registration number. The certificate is provided from the Registrar of Corporate Affairs with an official stamp, seal and with the signature of an authorised officer.
Click on the image to see what a British Virgin Islands Certificate of Good Standing looks like and what it contains.
Since 2014, certificates issued by the Commission’s Registry of Corporate Affairs bear an additional security feature which is a unique Certificate ID. The authenticity of a certificate issued by the Registry of Corporate Affairs can also be verified.
We can provide a certified copy of the original Certificate of Incorporation for a BVI registered company.
The certificate confirms the date the BVI company was incorporated and the Registrar of Companies certify that in respect of the incorporation all requirements of the BVI companies Act were satisfied.
If the current company status is Struck/ Dissolved only a scanned copy of the document can be provided by the BVI registry.
With a BVI Limited Partnership incorporated under the BVI Partnership Act (No 5 of 1996) the incorporation documents is the Memorandum of Partnership. A copy of this original documents can be ordered certified from the BVI Registry of Corporate Affairs, this can also be provided Apostilled, if required. This Memorandum of Partnership includes the company name, the registered office address in the BVI, name and address of the general partner upon incorporation and other details.
If a company was was not incorporated in the BVI originally but, transferred there; the certificate that can be issued is a Continuation into the BVI.
The Memorandum and Articles of Association are statutory documents that must be drafted and filed with the Registry upon incorporation of the company. The documents govern how the company is to operate, its relationship with the outside world and the company's constitution. Certified documents copies cannot be issued by the registry for companies not in Good Standing.
We can supply Apostilled BVI company documents, they are certified by the Registry of Corporate Affairs and after which we obtain an Apostille certificate.
The Apostille certificate is issued by the Deputy Governor's Office, which certifies the authenticity of the document.
The following company documents are available Apostilled in the BVI, Apostille/Legalised by the BVI Deputy Governor's Office
This Apostille involves the addition of a certificate attached to the document which is called legalisation and certifies:
The Registry of Corporate Affairs can draft a certified letter confirming a BVI company was Struck off and Dissolved off the register. This includes the date the company was dissolved and details of the government notice: pursuant to section 216 of the Companies Act 2004. This certified letter is dated, signed and stamped by the BVI Registrar of Corporate Affairs, this can also if required be Apostilled.
We check that your company name is acceptable and is not already incorporated or if incorporated what documents are available.
We can provide a BVI company namecheck service for clients incorporating a new company in the BVI. We check that your BVI company name is acceptable and is not already incorporated with the Registry of Corporate Affairs.
Companies regulated by the BVI Companies Act are required to use a corporate suffix. Limited companies must end their name with either Limited, Corporation, Incorporated, Societe Anonyme, Sociedad Anonima, and their respective abbreviations such as Ltd, Corp, Inc and S.A.
To verify the details of an existing BVI company, we can provide BVI company search report and copies of official company documents filed with the Registry of Corporate Affairs.
It is mandatory for a Register of Directors to be kept at the BVI registered office. There is no need to file the Register of Directors with the Registrar.
Disclosure of the beneficial owners is not required in the BVI and the share register may be inspected only by shareholders of the BVI company.
In the BVI there is no requirements to file organisational or accounting information with the Registrar of Corporate Affairs.
Only the Memorandum and Articles are required for public records. The Registers of Directors, Shareholders and Mortgages and Charges may optionally be filed.
We can provide copies of official company documents and conduct searches for companies registered in the BVI.
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